Fiction in a world of fiction. Writing that matters.
This workshop attempts to get writers to look outside themselves, and often their feelings to write fiction and non-fiction that matters. It attempts to develop thoughts around taking risks, why reading outside one’s interests is important and how writing is an exercise in creating history and politics.
Pre-read: Workshop is not for you by Jeremiah Chamberlain https://www.glimmertrain.com/bulletins/essays/b27chamberlin.php
Pre-read: Educated by Tara Westover (whole book)
Pre-read: Poison by Henrietta Rose-Innes https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/jul/09/caineprize
Pre-read: My Family’s Slave. Alex Tizon https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/06/lolas-story/524490/
Pre-read “A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof” by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, GQ: https://www.gq.com/story/dylann-roof-making-of-an-american-terrorist
Pre-read: Getting In and Out. Zadie Smith, Harpers https://harpers.org/archive/2017/07/getting-in-and-out/
Preworkshop assignment: 600 words max of flash fiction about, reacting to any of the pieces above, or providing alternative voices.
Workshop: Read and workshop each other’s stories during sessions. Participants should come ready to share their work and open to receiving direct and frank critique about their work in addition to giving same to others. Half of the workshop will include exercises. So come prepared to write.